The Paradise Guest House: A Novel by Ellen SussmanThe Paradise Guest House: A Novel by Ellen Sussman

The Paradise Guest House: A Novel

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Audio Book (CD) | January 1, 2035

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A riveting and poignant novel of one woman’s journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home—perfect for readers of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Alex Garland’s The Beach.
It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, imagines spending weeks exploring the island’s lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leave her with many unanswered questions.
One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks. She hasn’t been able to forget his kindness—or the spark between them as he helped her heal. Checking into a cozy guest house for her stay, Jamie meets the kindly owner, who is coping with a painful past of his own, and a young boy who improbably becomes crucial to her search. Jamie has never shied away from a challenge, but a second chance with Gabe presents her with the biggest dilemma of all: whether she’s ready to open her heart.
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Praise for Ellen Sussman’s French Lessons
“[A] luscious novel of love and longing . . . The narrative feels as light as a glass of rosé at an outdoor café, but its insights carry the richness of a Burgundy.”—People (four stars)
“Sizzling escapist reading.”—Entertainment Weekly
Ellen Sussman is the author of the novels French Lessons and On a Night Like This, both national bestsellers. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California.
Title:The Paradise Guest House: A NovelFormat:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:1 × 1 × 1 inShipping dimensions:1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 2035Publisher:Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385359438

ISBN - 13:9780385359436


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Beach Read Adventure guide Jamie Hyde, the infamous nightclub bombing in Bali was more than a news story. Jamie witnessed firsthand the explosion and the horrors of the bomb's aftermath. After helping to rescue several victims, Jamie herself was rescued by expat Gabe Winters, who subsequently played an important role in her recovery. One year later, Jamie returns to Bali to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of the tragedy, hoping to find closure and thank the man who saved her. While in Bali, Jamie discovers a country still reeling from the brutal attacks. She also finds support from guest-house owner Nyoman and from Bambang, a street thief who helps her find the elusive Gabe. Ellen Sussman writes a beautiful story of a woman and a country working to recover from an terrible event and a very close look at a global tragedy. This story was about healing and redemption, of finding love, and of the importance of moving forward. This is the first book I read by this author and I loved it. The writing was easy flowing, the description of Bali was bright and vivid, the characters are well developed, you feel their pain and you are on their journey to recovery. And the love story between Jamie and Gabe was simple and beautiful. A must read book by all.
Date published: 2017-10-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Paradise Guest House:

“Echoing Bali’s difficult recovery from [the 2002 terrorist bombing], the characters tread the difficult terrain of post-traumatic attachment… A respectful and earnest…treatment of devastation’s aftermath.”—Kirkus